If you feel that your hair seems to becoming brittle or weak and notice more hair fall, this can partly be due to your morning routine. It’s highly normal for people to rush through their grooming routine in the morning so they can quickly get to work or wherever they want to be. However, a lot may not know the simple steps they take to get ready in the morning can actually bring harm their hair over time. This post outlines the daily morning routines that may be harming your hair and lead to issues with hair loss.
1. Hot Showers
Even if the weather outside is starting to swelter, a long hot shower at the end of a work day can be pretty relaxing. Unfortunately, however, the hot water is causes hair and slowly damages our hair follicles. Hot showers eventually lead to dryness of the scalp also causing issues such as dandruff and damaged hair. This is essentially because the hot water strips the essential oils from the hair and scalp that keeps your strong and healthy. To keep a moisturized and healthy hair, consider taking lukewarm showers rather than indulging in a piping hot water.
2. The products we put on our hair
Again, not all commercial brands in the market for hair are good, some tends to worsen the condition of the hair. If you are someone who regularly washes your hair with shampoo and conditioner, it is important to ensure that the products you put on your hair are good enough to keep it healthy and strong and not to damage it. Just because a product claims to be organic and healthy doesn’t always mean it is. The following are ingredients to avoid when purchasing shampoo:
• Sulfates strip away moisture and oils from the hair causing rashes, dry scalp and hair loss.
• Parabens, even at very low doses, have been linked to reproductive damage and organ toxicity.
• Phthalates are plasticizers that have been regarded in many countries to be potential carcinogens, are used in part to make the fragrance in shampoos and other cosmetic products linger.
• Fragrances used in shampoo and other personal care products comes from the more than 3100 chemicals in the arsenal of the fragrance industry. These are highly toxic and can result in liver toxicity, damage to the central nervous system, allergies, brain fog, obesity, asthma, headache, contact dermatitis, organ toxicity, and cancer.
3. Towel Drying Your Hair
As everyone should know by now, towel drying your hair can be damaging as your hair is more susceptible to breakage when wet. When rubbing the wet hair with a towel, some of the hairs easily become tangled in the threads, which stretches them to the breaking point. This causes damage to the cuticle, makes the hair frizzy and brings the split ends. Rather than towel drying your hair try blotting with a towel instead to remove the excess moisture. Drying your hair this way takes a little more time but you’ll notice after some time that your hair is stronger and healthier.
4. Using Heat to Dry Or Style hair
It’s a well-known fact that the constant use of heat to dry or style the hair can severely damage the hair over time. This doesn’t mean you have to stop using the heating products altogether but it’s good to not use these styling products on a daily basis. Blow drying not only removes the surface moisture but also removes water that is bound to the hair, which can dry out and damage the hair. The effect of this flash drying is that the cuticles become dry, rigid and brittle. When the hair flexes, the pressure causes the cuticles to crack. Combing hair with this degree of cuticle cracking causes significant breakage (Source).
5. Brushing Hair When Wet
As said before, your hair is extra sensitive when wet. Therefore, it can also be damaging to brush your hair immediately after getting out of the shower. For this reason, it’s important to use the right utensils when styling your hair. It’s best to use a wide tooth comb instead of a brush when the hair is wet. Hair brushes will stretch the hair until it breaks rather than just simply working out the tangles. This may not seem detrimental to do every so often, especially when you are in a rush but the effects over time can actually lead to weaker hair resulting in hair thinning and hair loss.
6. Styling your hair
This type of hair loss typically applies more to women but hair styling can also affect men. Applying heat on a regular basis such as blow dryers, straighteners and curling irons can severely damage the hair. In addition to heat, hair styling such as tight braids or having hair tightly pulled back can lead to hair loss. Even wearing a tight hat or putting your hair in a ponytail or a bun can cause “traction alopecia,” a condition in which hair is pulled out of the scalp causing damage to the cuticle and breakage. Most of the effects of hair loss are temporary but if worn long enough, the damage can become permanent.
Do you suffer from hair loss or thinning hair? Hair loss can be due to a variety of factors, both genetic and medical. We suggest you seek professional advice from a hair loss expert or trichologist to have your hair loss condition diagnosed and be recommended a proper course of treatment. Call 04-335 3336 to schedule a FREE consultation with our Trichologist at Vivandi Trichology Center. Limited time offer only.